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The Vinyl Exam
Conversations about your favorite vinyl LPs and 45s
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August 21, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

This episode, Keith revisits the Eclectic Mixtape - this time around he discusses a heavy metal track which the band who wrote it never wants to play live, a breakbeat track that eluded him a few times, an alternative rock / dance hybrid that blew a band up in popularity two years after its release, and a breakbeat monster lurking at the end of a prog/soul album.

August 07, 2017 02:00 AM PDT

In recent years, the Wu Tang Clan have released two albums: the ubiquitous A Better Tomorrow and the unheard Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. A Recent Book, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin – the Untold story of Wu Tang Clan’s Million Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of music and America’s new public enemy Number One by Cyrus Bozorgmehr tells the story of the latter record from creation to sale. The book is one of my favorites and a worthwhile purchase, and in thinking about the record again it brought to mind some recent articles and ideas that interest me quite a bit, some of them even touching on the 'why vinyl?' question Sama and I repeatedly return to on the podcast.

July 24, 2017 04:00 AM PDT

This episode, Sama sits down with songwriter Adam Dietz to discuss his new record "Where the Muscle Cars Roam" and a host of other topics, including philosophy, songwriting, San Francisco, social work and of course records.

July 10, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Six years ago, Keith was asked (and happily accepted) to put together a mix of blaxploitation-vibe songs made in the 21st century, as Volume 3 of a mix series on Paris DJs.

This is that mix, released six years ago to coincide with Big Pimp Jones' second freestyle album 'Jimmy Ruckus and the Five Fingers of Death'. Keith took a liberty or two and grabbed a song or two from the 90s but in general stayed true to the promise. The mix was specifically done with songs that were readily available at the time and shouldn't be that hard or expensive to track down today. Hope you enjoy!

June 26, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Inspired by Sama's harmonica series, Keith begins a series of his own focusing on music from New Orleans (of varying levels of obscurity). First up, Keith takes a look at the discography of drummer Stanton Moore, a founding member of the funk band Galactic who has become a prolific recording artist, New Orleans ambassdor and respected drummer.

June 13, 2017 03:41 PM PDT

This is our third installment in the “Harp Series”, as Sama briefly covers the life history of the legendary Sonny Boy Williams II.

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May 29, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Hand Drawn Records is a name that may be familiar to people from Season One of the Vinyl Exam; a member of their team named Gabe was instrumental in getting Sama up to pro-level in terms of gluing records. This episode, Keith talks with Gabe on music, technology (and yes, a few record maintenance tips) and also discusses Hand Drawn Records itself, a company that not only serves as a record label but also a record pressing plant.

Thanks to Amber, Dustin and of course Gabe for taking some time to make this happen!

All tracks on the episode are from Hand Drawn, they are (in order):
Angel From Montgomery - Exit 380
Mama Don't - Screaming Thieves
South of France - Bravo Max!
Cry for Me - Charley Crockett
Pure Destroyer - war Party
Bubbles in my Beer - Wesley Geiger with the Texas Gentlemen


May 08, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

This episode, Keith discusses a trip he took last fall where he set a day aside to hit up five record stores in Portland, each of which has a unique spirit and personality. At the time it didn't really strike him how different the stores were, but fusing the idea of eclectic mixtapes and better know a record shop gives us the Eclectic City.

May 01, 2017 12:11 PM PDT

Our host Sama gives you a teaser of the sound he is going for in his upcoming afrobeat compilation.

Jo Tongo - Piani
Ebo Taylor - Come Along
Basa Basa - Homowo
Mad Man Jaga - Hankuri
The Apostles - Never Too Late
Fela Kuti - Water No Get No Enemy
Mulato Astatke - Yekermo Sew
The Funkees - Slipping into Darkness

Cover Art by Ed Noncent
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Official Vinyl Examiners - Bryan Seybold and Yan Wang
Executive Producer - Ben Lack

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April 03, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

In this episode Keith sits down (in a loud Microbrewery Tap room) with Brian Parker from San Diego Metal Swap Meet, a once-a-year event with records, t-shirts, live band performances and more.

Brian talks with Keith about the evolution of the Swap Meet, where it may going and of course metal. If you're interested in attending it's Saturday April 29 at The Quartyard in San Diego - more details at http://www.sdmetal.org/msm/

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